Welcome to the SDS interview page. This is for all members to tell us about yourself, your favourite Spurs moments and a chance to pick your all time Spurs Football Fantasy XI.
For the final interview of 2017 the tables have turned from Interviewer to Interviewee – this week – occasional blogger, wordpress editor and curry night organiser – Jase Tranter
I spent years watching Spurs on the TV. My Dad was pestered extensively during the eighties but he would never take me. Mainly due to violence at matches during that era. My time finally came to visit WHL when I joined the British Army. I trained with a lad from the Sunderland area, who was mad on Spurs and invited me along in late ’89. I stood on the East Stand for £5 and watched us play Wimbledon – exciting times (and people complain about the football now)!
After 26 Years of watching Spurs around the world (mainly in sandy places or the Balkans) I left the services and settled in Dorset. I switched my membership back on and somehow managed to accrue enough points (~95) to secure a Season Ticket – I liken it finding one of those Golden Willy Wonka Bars or winning the Football Fan Lottery.
Very much looking forward to the New Stadium and hoping, like everyone else, that we can keep this squad together and win some silverware.
1. As a youngster, who was your Spurs hero?
I was always a bit of a scruffy child so when i played football in the playground the player I mostly associated myself with and looked up to would have an equally scruffy look about him. Shirt un-tucked, socks rolled down and had the god like ability to glide a long pass and score a beautiful goal like no other – Glen Hoddle
2. Who is your favorite player from the current Squad?
The current squad ooozes talent. But, I like a trick and a flick but as yet, no thirty yard free kick – it would have to be Dele Alli.
3. From World football, who would you most like to see in a Spurs shirt?
Most sane people would chose Messi or Ronaldo. But I look at our squad and believe we need someone as young and hungry as Harry so I would select Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
4. What is your favourite piece of Spurs memorabilia?
A signed copy of Ricky Villa’s book and lots of replica shirts (Holsten shirt a particular favourite).
5. Where in the world have you watched Spurs live other than UK?
My wonderful brother sorted me hospitality at PSV Eindhoven when we played them in the UEFA Cup – we lost on penalties – Chimponda saved by Gomes. Champagne and canapés were nice though!
I also watched us play Famagusta in Cyprus – I think Robbie Keane scored the winner on a terrible pitch.
6. Which former player would you love to see in the current squad?
The drive, energy and genius of a young, fit Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne
7. Most memorable Spurs moment?
I have to admit that many memorable moments have been watching on TV. So first would sat with my dad as a youngster in a pub in Arbroath, watching Ricky weave his magic in the 1981 FA Cup Final replay. Also, rushing off exercise in Germany and catching Gazza smash that free kick in against the Arse – I went mental in Hohne NAAFI!! Live match would be smashing Chelsea at the Lane on New Years Day a couple of years back. That shut Lampard up for once!
8. Who was your most disappointing Spurs signing?
The purchase of an inept, incapable striker seems to be our way in recent years – it started with Rebrov and continued with Soldado. I’d also throw Postiga in the mix – all shocking!
9. Which Spurs players (3) would you chose if you were on ‘Come Dine With Me?
Tim Sherwood (only so I could spike his pudding)
Micky Hazard (I’m gutted I missed his Legends night at Weymouth so I’m inviting him to dinner)
Jamie Redknapp (in the hope that Louise picked him up)
10. Who would be in you all time Spurs XI (4,4,2 formation)?
Mabbutt, King, Alderweirweld, Sanchez
Gazza, Hoddle, Van der Vaart, Waddle
Clive Allen, Harry Kane
Extra Time – Favourite Commentary Moment
Barry Davies – ‘Is Gascoigne going to have a crack? He is, you know… OH, I SAY! Brilliant! That… is… Schoolboys’ Own stuff!’